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NDA 40th Anniversary Convention as part of the association's Education Initiative
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As part of the association's new Education Initiative, the technical sessions offered at next year's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego on March 23–26 are divided into four major areas, all of great importance to all companies involved in the demolition process. On March 25, retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Abrashoff, author of "The Best Damn Ship in the Navy" will speak on the management issues of running a complex organization such as a navy ship or a demolition company. Abrashoff's presentation will discuss management style and personnel management as a part of any kind of complex organization. This is our Management offering.

The next session on March 25 will feature NDA Past President and Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Weber of ICONCO, one of the world's foremost implosion contractors; Mark Loizeaux of CDI; and Peter Ward of Ward Demolition who is currently working in Christchurch, New Zealand. This session will deal with the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake and the work that demolition industry is doing to bring Christchurch back. This is our Disaster Response offering.

Beginning March 26, our occupational safety and health attorney, Mark Lies of Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago will discuss legal issues confronting the demolition industry such as current OSHA programs, changes to workers' comp rules and other important safety issues. This is our Safety offering.

The last education session on March 26 will involve a comprehensive look at three important environmental issues for the demolition industry. First, Andrew DeBaise of Rocky Mountain Recycling will discuss the importance of metals recycling, ferrous and nonferrous. He will be followed by Gavin Broatch of the city of San Diego who will discuss the city's new C&D recycling ordinance and its implications across the state of California and beyond. Finally, Chris Godek, our Environment Committee chair and either David Hockey or Molly Finn from the U.S. EPA will discuss the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. This is our Environmental offering. Next year’s convention will reflect the NDA’s commitment to its Mission to provide our members with the skills necessary to be leaders in Environmental Stewardship, Safety, Education, Professional Competency and Government Advocacy.

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.

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NYC's post-Sandy cleanup crawling
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In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, New York City is dealing with water in tunnels, electrical conduits and in the basements of major financial institutions. On Oct. 30, the Brooklyn Bridge was covered with bumper-to-bumper traffic. On the pedestrian deck above, thousands of pedestrians were keeping pace with the cars. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking the public to be patient. More

Contractor: Dangling crane was weather-vaned
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The Favelle Favco-brand tower crane — whose luffing jib dramatically flipped backwards as superstorm Sandy blew into midtown Manhattan — was properly prepared for wind, says the construction manager in charge of the project. Before the crane was called in to help build the roughly 1,000-foot residential tower, engineers developed procedures for how to dress the crane, including weather-vaning it, prior to storms, according to one official for Lend Lease, the construction manager for the One57 tower. More

Demolition expert dug woman to safety at New Zealand building collapse
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A demolition expert who dug through the rubble in the hours following the CTV building collapse in New Zealand has spoken of his experience as he pulled a woman to safety. Diggers, cranes and concrete cutters were just some of the machinery that helped in the rescue operation. More

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Federal judge punishes Oregon businessman for negligently releasing asbestos during demolition
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A federal judge recently sentenced an Oregon businessman to five months home confinement and three years' probation for negligently releasing asbestos during demolition of a former Willamette Industries sawmill in Sweet Home, Ore. The result: asbestos was released into the air, putting workers and the people in the area at risk. More

Rubber recycling industry expects stability
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U.S. tire and rubber recyclers can expect a more stable future after being buffeted by the ebbs and flows of economic recession and recovery in the last few years. The $1 billion industry had a 25 percent drop in revenue in 2009 followed by an increase of 26.9 percent in 2010, according to a recent report by market research firm IBISWorld. More

Inspiration from Mother Nature leads to improved wood
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Using the legendary properties of heartwood from the black locust tree as their inspiration, scientists have discovered a way to improve the performance of softwoods widely used in construction. The method, reported in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, involves addition of similar kinds of flavonoid compounds that boost the health of humans. Ingo Burgert and colleagues explain that wood's position as a mainstay building material over the centuries results from a combination of desirable factors, including surprising strength for a material so light in weight. More

Manufacturing, construction and consumer confidence show gains
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Key private indexes of manufacturing and consumer confidence edged up in October, while the government reported an increase in construction spending in September as economic data released indicated moderate economic growth. All three readings were in line with analyst expectations, and came as new private and government data on unemployment pointed toward modest employment gains in September. More

Broker reports deal to sell Wright-designed home that was slated for demolition
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A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Phoenix home that had been slated for demolition will apparently survive under a new owner. The current owners have reached an agreement to sell the early 1950s home to a buyer who wants to preserve and restore it. More


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